The MMKAC ladies team finished an encouraging fourth in the second of the UK Women’s Athletics League(Division Two) matches at Bedford.
Overall they are in fifth place but there are only 12 points separating them from a spot in the top three.
The final match is in Glasgow where a similar performance will be necessary to ensure their safety in this Division.
On the day the team battled well with some athletes competing in unfamiliar roles and, again, loads of points were scored by the field event athletes.
The hammer throw is the opening event of the day and MMKAC got off to a good start as Emma Beardmore threw 44.97m for 2nd and Laeken Impey won the B event(44.87m). Emma then won the B discus(34.91m) and placed 2nd in the shot(10.65m). Emma Beales threw the discus 37.24m for second in the A event. Devon threw the shot 10.78m for 4th place in the A.
In the jumps, Rachel Gibbens, recovering from injury, is gradually getting back to form and won the pole vault(3.50m), placed 2nd in the high jump(1.65m) and 3rd in the long jump(5.21m). Kewe King won the B pole vault(2.10m) and took 3rd in the B high jump(1.45m) and finally placed 6th in the triple jump.
Corinne Nurse ran a personal best in the 400m of 63.59(4th place), the 8th fastest in the UK this year in the F35 rankings and then clocked 2.27.84 for the 800m.
Good points were scored in the 3000m as Elle Roche took 2nd in the A race(10.11.40) and Lara Bromilow(10.38.59) won the B race.
Lara finished 5th in the 1500m(4.58.74) with Nadine Lewyxky 4th in the B race(5.18.45).
The MMKAC youngsters were very pleased and excited to be invited to the relay events at the Diamond League Meeting and they had been training hard to improve their baton-changing skills for the big day.
The U17 Women’s team, containing the woman top of the U17 UK Rankings, in particular, fancied their chances.
All went well on the day with a first, a second, a third, a fourth and a sixth.
The U17 Women lived up to their expectations, winning in a UK-leading 48.20 seconds.
The results came up on the scoreboard and the team was photographed “receiving a giant cheque” for £250 for their club.
All the athletes thoroughly enjoyed watching the rest of the meeting, particularly since MK’s Greg Rutherford was in such fine form.
Sadly when the teams got back to Milton Keynes they discovered from the Diamond League website that the U17 Women’s Team had in fact been disqualified for exchanging the baton outside the box.